Utilitas

Research Article

Empirical and Armchair Ethics

GREG BOGNAR

La Trobe University greg.bognar@latrobe.edu.au

Abstract

In a recent paper, Michael Otsuka and Alex Voorhoeve present a novel argument against prioritarianism. The argument takes its starting point from empirical surveys on people's preferences in health care resource allocation problems. In this article, I first question whether the empirical findings support their argument, and then I make some general points about the use of ‘empirical ethics’ in ethical theory.